In Washington State, a deputy for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office was fired for a post in which she is seen wearing a hoodie promoting a known hate group. Furthermore, it appears she was hawking its merchandise, as well.
The deputy, Erin WIley, posed for a photo wearing the sweatshirt with a logo affiliated with the Proud Boys. This organization is one the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups. According the SPLC, the group espouses white nationalist and anti-feminists beliefs. The goup, founded by Gavin McInnes (who also co-founded Vice Media) has also been tied to at least a few racially-motivated assaults.
In addition this photo, the now-former deputy also appears in another photo posted to the Proud Boys-affiliated Twitter page. The post also contained Wiley’s contact information for those interested in purchasing Proud Boys merchandise.
In citing its reasoning for Wiley’s firing, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins stated:
“Law enforcement officers are peacekeepers whose core mission is to protect and safeguard the community. My expectation is that my employees do not engage in activities or associations that undermine or diminish our role as peacekeepers.”
Erin Wiley graduated from the police academy in December 2017. It appears that, based on the civil service guidelines for Clark County, Washington, she was still in her probationary period when this issue arose.
On a side not, this incident hearkens back to a 2006 FBI bulletin,which warned of the infiltration of white supremacists into the nation’s police forces.